Editor's note: Students are split into smaller "families" for some activities. Each family will be sending us a blog update every few days.
Today was just another day...OF ADVENTURE! We started off by visiting an artist in Tzfat named David Friedman who sees the world through lens of Jewish spirituality and mysticism. We visited his studio, and his explanations of the paintings blew our minds and opened our hearts- we can't wait to share it with you. Next we toured around the cobblestone streets of Tzfat (also spelled Zafed or Tsfat...there is lots of dispute over the correct spelling) where we learned that all of the details of the city have Jewish meaning; for example, you can find blue everywhere that is said to ward off evil.
We toured a historical Sephardic synagogue was old and quite small -definitely wouldn't fit the congregation back home! However, it was beautiful to see and everyone commented on its unique Torah, ark, and bima placed in the center of the room. Finally, we hopped onto the bus to some hot springs for a nice relaxing period overlooking the enchanting Sea of Galilee. It definitely soothed our tired feet!
This evening we drove to Jerusalem through roads that intersected with the West Bank; seeing the places we hear about on the news gave us a different perspective. Before reaching our destination we made a pit stop in the desert. There were camels
at the gas station, which made us super excited to ride them in a couple days. After what seemed like we'd been wandering for 40 years (haha) we arrived in Jerusalem at our hotel!!! We can't wait to explore Jerusalem tomorrow and experience Shabbat here.
The Zbergs Louis Levin
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